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Coop Himmelb(l)au’s Musée des Confluences Through the Lens of Edmund Sumner

© Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner

Edmund Sumner has shared with us images from his recent visit to Lyon, France, where he photographed Coop Himmelb(l)au’s newly completed Musée des Confluences. Perched on a century-old artificial peninsula at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, the “museum of knowledge,” as Coop Himmelb(l)au affectionately refers to it, is distinct for its “iconic gateway” - an openly traversable “Crystal” that provides multi-level access to the museum’s exhibition spaces and views of the building's unique context. Step inside, after the break. 

© Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner

La Sucriere / Z Architecture

© Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé

Video: French Cities Come to Life in Mayeul Akpovi's Time-Lapse Movies

These mesmerizing time-lapse videos by photographer Mayeul Akpovi allow you to see several French cities like never before. Combined with captivating soundtracks, the videos show the architecture of ParisMarseille and Lyon throughout the day with changing light and varying levels of activity. Above, Part I of Paris in Motion displays shots of clouds moving across the sky, reflections on the Le Grande LouvreLa Grande Arche. Check out the remaining six videos after the break.

GL Events Headquarters / Studio Odile Decq

© Studio Odile Decq © Studio Odile Decq © Roland Halbe © Studio Odile Decq

Block 32 / Tectoniques Architects

  • Architects: Tectoniques Architects
  • Location: La Duchère, Lyon, France
  • Area: 5241.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: On Stage

© On Stage © On Stage © On Stage © On Stage

Green Cascade / Atelier de la Passerelle

© Jérôme Ricolleau © Jérôme Ricolleau © Jérôme Ricolleau Courtesy of Atelier de la Passerelle

Odile Decq to Launch A New Kind of Architecture Institute: 'Confluence'

Odile Decq has announced that she is launching a new kind of architecture school based upon the idea of "Confluence," an educational framework that "erases the predefined limits of the traditional academic structures for the benefit of the collaboration of talents, thoughts and disciplines." 

The Confluence Institute for Innovation and Creative Strategies in Architecture, which will be located in in Lyon, France, will bring together "Architects, critics, artists, thinkers, philosophers, film-makers, scientists, engineers and manufacturers" in order to develop an architecture that develops ideas unconstrained by "stylistic prejudice or ideology." More on this new initiative, after the break.

Sticky Fingers / Rue Royale Architectes

  • Architects: Rue Royale Architectes
  • Location: 4 Rue Sylvain Simondan, 69009 Lyon, France
  • Technical Design Offices: BETREC (accounting, structure), PHILAE (fluids), Génie Acoustique (acoustics), STARACE (acoustics),
  • Area: 2094.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Erick Saillet

© Erick Saillet © Erick Saillet © Erick Saillet © Erick Saillet

Herzog & de Meuron Unveils Pedestrian-Centric City Center for Lyon Confluence

Block A3: west public transit. Image Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron
Block A3: west public transit. Image Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

The Mayor of Lyon, France, has unveiled plans for a dense, mixed-use district planned for the Lyon Confluence. Masterplanned by Herzog & de Meuron, in collaboration with landscapist Michel Desvigne, the 35-hectare scheme will be the first plot developed in the second phase of a larger regeneration initiative that aims to “double the city-center” by reclaiming a massive, post-industrial site on the city’s central peninsula. Once complete, the second phase, known as “Ilot A3”, will provide more than 2,000 homes in a lush residential park and vibrant “market quarter.” 

In Progress: Musée des Confluences / COOP HIMMELB(L)AU

  • Architects: COOP HIMMELB(L)AU
  • Location: Lyon, France
  • Architect In Charge: COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Wolf D. Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky + Partner
  • Design Principal: Wolf D. Prix
  • Project Partner: Markus Prossnigg
  • Project Architects: Mona Bayr, Angus Schoenberger
  • Project Coordination: Thomas Margaretha, Peter Grell
  • Local Architect, Planning: Patriarche & Co, Chambéry/Lyon, France
  • Area: 46476.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Hubert Canet, Balloïde

© Hubert Canet, Balloïde © Hubert Canet, Balloïde Courtesy of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Courtesy of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU

Villa B / Tectoniques Architects

© Erick Saillet © Erick Saillet © Erick Saillet © Erick Saillet

Social Bling-Bling / Y. Architectes

  • Architects: Y. Architectes
  • Location: Lyon, France
  • Architects In Charge: Yann Fontaine, Yann Drossart, Corinne Drossart
  • Client: ICF sud‑est méditerranée
  • Cost: € 920 539 excl. VAT
  • Area: 460.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Brice Robert

© Brice Robert © Brice Robert © Brice Robert © Brice Robert

Extension of the IUFM school in Lyon / Atelier de la Passerelle

© Frenchie Christogratin © Frenchie Christogratin © Frenchie Christogratin © Jérome Ricolleau

Public Toilets in the Tête d'Or Park / Jacky Suchail Architects

© Franck Fleury
© Franck Fleury

© Franck Fleury © Franck Fleury © Franck Fleury © Franck Fleury

In Progress: Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au

Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au © Hubert Canet, Balloïde Photo
Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au © Hubert Canet, Balloïde Photo

Architect:  COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Wolf D. Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky + Partner Location: Lyon, France Client: Département du Rhône / Represented by SERL Landscape Design: EGIS aménagement Site Area: 20,975 m² Net Floor Area: 26,700 m² Gross Floor Area: 46,476 m² Building Costs: EUR 150 Mio Scheduled Completion: 2014

Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au © Hubert Canet, Balloïde Photo Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au © COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au © Markus Pillhofer Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au © COOP HIMMELB(L)AU

Rockfeller University Restaurant / XTO architectes

© Studio Erick Saillet © Studio Erick Saillet © Studio Erick Saillet © Studio Erick Saillet

Sunny Gymnasium / Tekhnê Architectes

  • Architects: Tekhnê Architectes
  • Location: Lyon, France
  • Building Services Engineers : Astrius
  • Structural Timber Engineers: Arborescence
  • Structural Concrete Engineers: DPI
  • Acoustics Engineers: EAI
  • Building Environmental Quality Engineers: eEgénie
  • Construction Economist: Denizou
  • Area: 1,747 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Renaud Araud, Courtesy of Tekhnê Architectes

© Renaud Araud © Renaud Araud © Renaud Araud © Renaud Araud